8 Work titles in text

8.5 Films, broadcast works, and digital media

Content may be experienced by the user in many ways other than through print. Electronic games, ebooks, audio books, websites, and apps are a few examples. The treatment of titles is generally similar to that of printed works.

8.5.1 Films and broadcast works

The titles of films and broadcast works (both individual programmes and series) are set in italic. The titles of episodes in series are set in roman in quotation marks. They are commonly given full capitalization, though minimal capitalization is acceptable if applied consistently. If necessary further information about the recording may be included in open text or within parentheses:

Look Back in Anger
West Side Story
the film A Bridge Too Far (1977)
his first radio play, Fools Rush In, was broadcast in 1949
the Granada TV series Nearest and Dearest
the American television series The Defenders (‘The Hidden Fury’, 1964)
the video Stones in the Park (1969)

8.5.2 Digital media

The titles of apps and podcasts should be treated like free-standing publications, set in italics with important capitals. Titles of ebooks and audio books should follow the same style as a print edition.

Discover great days out with the new Trust Trails app for iPhone and iPad
From altruism to Wittgenstein, philosophers, theories and key themes, download the In Our Time philosophy podcast
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is available in a variety of ebook formats from Project Gutenberg
Thomas Hardy’s The Return of the Native, in a new reading by Nicholas Rowe

Website titles are set roman, without quotation marks, although websites that also have a print version are treated in the same way as their hard-copy cousins; weblog (blog) titles may be roman or italic but should be treated consistently.

Please join me on Facebook, and follow me on Twitter.
Hans Rosling’s Gapminder blog
The British National Formulary is available as a book, a website and a mobile app.

Titles of web pages (within a website) and individual blog posts or podcast items are roman with quotation marks:

the ‘Morris Dance’ page of Wikipedia
in the Language blog post ‘Lincoln’s rhetoric in the Gettysburg Address’

Titles of periodicals such as Slate and the Huffington Post, which are published online only, are treated like print titles, in italics with essential capitals; sites that feature their domain names as part of their title are usually treated similarly with important capitals even if the URL is rendered in lower case: Politics.co.uk, NYTimes.com.

Electronic games include video games, arcade games, and console games. Their titles are set in italic and given maximal capitalization:

Team Fortress 2
the Pikmin series
The Sims 3: University Life is the ninth expansion pack

Database names are set roman with essential capitals, e.g. the British Armorial Bindings database. Computer filenames, when referenced in running text, should be set roman and should include the file extension (filename.docx).

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